Blended beauty - what do we think?? (X post)

I've got thick,dry curls that need lost of moisture - what do you all think of Blended Beauty - any recommendations for the shampoo, rinse out and leave in conditioners.
Thanks in advance!
It's funny...I just left a post about this in a different thread.

Up until a couple of months ago, I was a die hard Blended Beauty fan. At one point, I was using the shampoo, conditioner, and the moisturizing products. However, I found that the shampoo and conditioner really left my hair dry, even after using the moisturizers...it was really weird and I could never figure out why (I've never heard of anyone else having that problem). Anyway, I stopped using the shampoo and conditioner and just stuck with the moisturizers. I used Curly Frizz Pudding and Kick for Curls. I sprayed the KFC on first, then applied the CFP on top of it. I thought my curls couldn't look better. That is, until I tried SheaMoisture Shea Butter Leave-in. Then I had to admit the truth to myself about the short comings of BB products: the CFP left a heavy greasy film on my hair and over time, with product build up (which didn't take long to accrue), my hair often attracted dirt. For me, the Shea Moisture defines and moisturizes my curls way better than BB without the greasiness and without making my hair feel weighed down.

In all, I wouldn't say BB is a bad product line because some people do have great success, and, quite honestly, I thought my hair looked pretty decent when I used it. I'm just saying I've found something else that works even better for my hair, and I wouldn't go back to BB if I didn't have to.

What do I love about my hair? It does such cool things!!

Last edited by AuNaturale; 12-11-2008 at 11:13 AM.
overpriced. not enough moisture
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Present Loves
-Back on the (rajasthani) henna train! My hair is so much better now.
-KBB hair butter mixed with Hairveda Cocasta oil
-Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent
Thanks ladies - I might not bother then.

AuNaturale - I too am using SheaMoisture leave in with great success so think i'll just stick with that - I see you have used Giovanni Direct - I have a bottle of that to go onto next - have you had much success with it?
The giovanni direct leave in is okay. When I first bought it, I was looking for a light moisturizer to put on my hair if I was going to wash shortly before going to bed. I just wanted something to keep my hair from getting all fuzzy and dry while I slept. GDLI pretty much serves that purpose. It's very light and can leave my hair feeling very soft after its dried, particularly at the roots. However, do be mindful of the fact that GDLI contains protein and can leave your hair feeling stiff and crunchy if you use too much. Here is what happened the first time I used it:

If I wash my hair before I go to bed, once I'm out the shower, I'll section my hair and put it in twists (anywhere from 2-4 twists per section). I applied a heavy amount of GDLI to each section, thinking that was what I needed to get sufficent saturation and moisture. After applying the GDLI, I did my usual twists, put on my satin bonnet, and got ready for bed. As my hair dried throughout the night, I noticed my twists started feeling hard and crunchy (you could hear it). That's when I realized I used too much product. From there, I started playing with each individual twist and manipulated them in my hands...somehow that eliminated the crunchiness. When I woke up the next morning, the twists were soft. When I unraveled the twists, my hair laid down in perfect shiny waves against my scalp. However, when I started finger combing my hair to loosen the waves, my hair exploded into frizzy curls all over my head. My hair looked like a curly afro. It was pretty neat at first, but you could see the dry patches on the length of my hair. From there, I just added the SheaMoisture and that tamed my hair and defined my curls as I like for them to be. By the end of the day, the curls fell and loosened a little more and looked like I wanted it to.

I've used the GDLI two more times since then, and I'm just mindful of the amount I use. A little really does go a long way with this product. My new thing is to keep my hair in a protective style at night, so I'm putting my hair in twists more often. On my third attempt with GDLI, I tried using it as my detangler/moisturizer as I was putting my hair in twists. But this time, I diluted the GDLI with water first and applied it using a spritz bottle as opposed to my hands. That worked pretty well. My hair had some hold to it, but it wasn't hard. When I unraveled the twists and finger combed them, my hair still exploded into the curly afro, but I just followed up with the SheaMoisture. The manipulation loosened up the curls, forced them down a bit, and my hair looked great.

I know everyone's results can vary, but for me, GDLI is not a great moisturizing product...it serves it's purpose of giving me light moisture and hold. Like I said, I only use it as overnight leave-in, particularly when I do twist outs. In the morning, I have to follow up with my regular moisturizer. If you like, I can PM you and send you pics of how my hair looked after my first attempt so you can see what I'm talking about...Just let me know.

What do I love about my hair? It does such cool things!!
The giovanni direct leave in is okay. When I first bought it, I was looking for a light moisturizer to put on my hair if I was going to wash shortly before going to bed. I just wanted something to keep my hair from getting all fuzzy and dry while I slept. GDLI pretty much serves that purpose. It's very light and can leave my hair feeling very soft after its dried, particularly at the roots. However, do be mindful of the fact that GDLI contains protein and can leave your hair feeling stiff and crunchy if you use too much. Here is what happened the first time I used it:

If I wash my hair before I go to bed, once I'm out the shower, I'll section my hair and put it in twists (anywhere from 2-4 twists per section). I applied a heavy amount of GDLI to each section, thinking that was what I needed to get sufficent saturation and moisture. After applying the GDLI, I did my usual twists, put on my satin bonnet, and got ready for bed. As my hair dried throughout the night, I noticed my twists started feeling hard and crunchy (you could hear it). That's when I realized I used too much product. From there, I started playing with each individual twist and manipulated them in my hands...somehow that eliminated the crunchiness. When I woke up the next morning, the twists were soft. When I unraveled the twists, my hair laid down in perfect shiny waves against my scalp. However, when I started finger combing my hair to loosen the waves, my hair exploded into frizzy curls all over my head. My hair looked like a curly afro. It was pretty neat at first, but you could see the dry patches on the length of my hair. From there, I just added the SheaMoisture and that tamed my hair and defined my curls as I like for them to be. By the end of the day, the curls fell and loosened a little more and looked like I wanted it to.

I've used the GDLI two more times since then, and I'm just mindful of the amount I use. A little really does go a long way with this product. My new thing is to keep my hair in a protective style at night, so I'm putting my hair in twists more often. On my third attempt with GDLI, I tried using it as my detangler/moisturizer as I was putting my hair in twists. But this time, I diluted the GDLI with water first and applied it using a spritz bottle as opposed to my hands. That worked pretty well. My hair had some hold to it, but it wasn't hard. When I unraveled the twists and finger combed them, my hair still exploded into the curly afro, but I just followed up with the SheaMoisture. The manipulation loosened up the curls, forced them down a bit, and my hair looked great.

I know everyone's results can vary, but for me, GDLI is not a great moisturizing product...it serves it's purpose of giving me light moisture and hold. Like I said, I only use it as overnight leave-in, particularly when I do twist outs. In the morning, I have to follow up with my regular moisturizer. If you like, I can PM you and send you pics of how my hair looked after my first attempt so you can see what I'm talking about...Just let me know.
Originally Posted by AuNaturale
Thanks for this cuz I used the Giovanni Direct Leave-In for the first time recently and had similar results...haven't used it since. I think I just used too much. I'm accustomed to having to use a ton of product, so that's sort-of my auto-pilot. I don't see myself repurchasing but I will try using it at night since I still have quite a bit left.
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Thanks for this cuz I used the Giovanni Direct Leave-In for the first time recently and had similar results...haven't used it since. I think I just used too much. I'm accustomed to having to use a ton of product, so that's sort-of my auto-pilot. I don't see myself repurchasing but I will try using it at night since I still have quite a bit left.[/quote]

No problem! I'm glad you found it helpful and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who had this experience with GDLI. Once I finish the bottle, I doubt I will be repurchasing it either.

What do I love about my hair? It does such cool things!!
After having a lot in internal conflict with some of her personal views on a few issues, I finally gave in and used them after a friend prchased me a huge gift basket with them in it.

I havn't used the shampoo and conditioner..and I prob won't...only becuase I use a lot of conditioner and shampoo and I'd rather use stuff available on the ground thats cheapter.

The products that I have used are:
Blended Cutie Butter Me Up
Blended Cutie Soft Swirls and Curls
Blended Cutie Down and Out Styles

All of these are thicker, buttery products that my hair really loves. I'm finding that buttery products help seal in the moisture in my hair, and they also give my hair a nice shine (my hair is not naturally shiney...it has sheen).

Over all...I think I will repurchase, but i'll only purchase the butter me up and the down and out styles. I got really nice results from all her products, but I REALLY liked those two!
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